Bill settles Jay Lake memorial

Trevor Cousins
Trevor Cousins

The Eric Bridgement memorial match was fished on Jay Lake at Pidley, writes Ken Wade.

Poor weather conditions saw the fancied pegs fail to produce, but some good weights were still taken.

Out in front with a very respectable 92lb 13oz was Bill Savage, a fine effort on the day. He drew peg 45 along the first straight and caught on a small feeder to start with, topping up at the end of the match in the margins with pellet. Kevin Bridgement fished the margins most of the day with maggot over pellet to secure the runner-up spot with 62lb 13oz, followed by John Waters again fishing the margins on maggot and pellet for 45lb 10oz.

In the latest Spratt’s AC match fished on Kingsland Small Carp Lake it was Trevor Cousins taking the honours, continuing his fine run of form weighing in 105lb 10oz. He fished meat up in the water at eight metres dobbing the majority of his fish from peg 5 catching carp to 15lb.

Mac Campbell took second place, he fished meat and pellet close in from peg 7, catching carp to 8lb.

In third with 83lb 12oz was Mick Raby. He also fished meat at five metres from peg 12, catching carp to 10 lb.

The club for disabled anglers called Reel People regularly fish around the area using the majority of our local waters throughout the year. Their latest match saw them out in the fens on the Float Fish Farm Fishery not far from Ponders Bridge. The match saw the Two Island pool and the Silver Fish pool being used. Two Islands, which is stocked with mainly carp, saw Tony Brown taking first place, he fished a feeder, netting carp to 8lb for a winning 57lb 8oz.

Runner-up was Jon Thomson on 53lb 9oz, followed by Darren Howling with 44lb 1oz. On the Silver Fish Lake club organiser Rob Bunting took 22lb 8oz on the pole with maggot and pellet to take the top spot, then came Ian Donald with 15lb 2oz and Mark Howard on 9lb 14oz.

Metal Box fished their match at Kingsland on the Small Lake. Once again it was raining hard making for a difficult day’s sport. As expected weights were not great and the fishing was very hard. In the winner’s berth was Jim Allen who put 37lb 10oz to the scales, Jim fished with pole and method feeder to land carp to 7lb, using meat and corn on the hook and ground bait in the feeder. Runner-up with a weight of 30lb was Roger Archer, followed by Paul Green on 20lb 11oz and Barry Gibson with 19lb 15oz.

The Angling Trust, in partnership with the Environment Agency, National Wildlife Crime Unit and Institute of Fisheries Management, is running another of their incredibly popular Fisheries Enforcement Workshops on Saturday and will be held at the EA Central Area Office, Bronholme Lane, Brampton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28 4NE.

Fisheries Enforcement Workshops are one day courses for anyone interested in learning the fundamental issues and principles of successful bailiffing - a subject equally relevant to clubs, fishery owners and managers as well as their bailiffs.

Dilip Sarkar MBE, fisheries enforcement manager for the Angling Trust, said: “Our Fisheries Enforcement Workshops are part of the Angling Trust’s strategy to educate anglers about how fisheries enforcement works and the importance of the intelligence-led system.”

Sessions by experienced enforcement and fishery practitioners will be delivered on essential topics, including: angling law and the role of the club bailiff .